With Camaro Nation already hungry for the new 2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28, the Bowtie Brand recently dropped some news that should whet appetites even further: Per Chevrolet—and despite rain starting to fall some 6:20 into its run—a pre-production model of the reborn Z/28 recently circled Germany’s +14-mile Nürburgring racecourse in 7:37.40.
"One of the challenges of testing at the 'Ring is that the track is so long that conditions can change radically in a single lap," said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. "Adam Dean, the development driver for Z/28, did a heroic job driving in deteriorating conditions. Based on telemetry data from our test sessions, we know the Z/28 can be as much as six seconds faster on a dry track."
Now, if that were the case, the 2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28 would be able to outrun exotics like the Pagani Zonda F and Koenigsegg CCX (and the CCR, for that matter). But even as it is, the car comes in at No. 40 on the list of all-time fastest production vehicles at the track, according to the aptly named FastestLaps.com. To put that mark into context, here are the cars that bracket the 2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28 on that list:
35. Koenigsegg CCX—7:33.55
36. Koenigsegg CCR—7:34.00
37. Audi R8 GT—7:34.00
38. Nissan GT-R Spec-V—7:34.46
39. RUF RT12—7:35.00
40. Chevy Camaro Z/28—7:37.47
41. Porsche 911 Carrera S—7:37.90
42. Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo—7:38.00
43. Lexus LFA—7:38.00
44. Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera—7:38.00
45. Nissan GT-R—7:38.00
(Note: The Mercedes-Benz SLR 722 and Ferrari 458 Italia rang up times of 7:38.00 as well.)
Powered by a 505-hp 7.0-liter LS7 V8 that makes 481 lb.-ft. of torque, the 2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28 is expected to go on sale early-ish next year, at a price that is still TBD at this point. But you can see it in action right now at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj1h75vA1Jw.